Former NASA astronaut shares tales from out of this world at Aston University

  • Ex-commander of the International Space Station, Michael Foale, will leave you star struck when he touches down at Aston University in Birmingham on 4 March

Pint of Science and the International Space School Trust (ISSET) will be launching their upcoming ‘Astronaut Tour’, featuring former NASA astronaut Michael Foale, at Aston University in Birmingham in March.

Michael, who grew up in the UK, has spent more than 374 days in space. During that time, he flew on six space shuttle missions, commanded the International Space Station and became the first Briton to perform a spacewalk, in which he saved the Hubble Space Telescope.

The ex-spaceman, who has been inducted into the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame, played a pivotal role in saving the Russian Mir Space Station when it tumbled out of control during the worst collision in the history of space flight.

Michael will be touching down at Aston University on 4 March. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online here.

Venue: Great Hall, Main Building, Aston University, Aston St, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Times: Doors open at 6:30pm. The event runs between 7pm and 9pm.

Ticket prices: Adults - £22; Concession - £15 [children under 16, students (with valid student ID), over 60s, and those with a registered disability, carers go free]

The venue is fully accessible with step-free access and an induction loop.


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

About Pint of Science

Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers which aims to make science accessible to the public. The main event is an annual festival which takes place simultaneously in pubs across the world over 3 days in May (11-13 May 2020). The 2019 festival saw over 24,500 attendees at pubs and cafes in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK. Whilst every event during the festival is unique, each includes at least two experts presenting their research. The festival is co-ordinated by a small central Pint of Science team who work alongside volunteers predominantly based in local universities. As well as the main festival, Pint of Science also run satellite events during the year. More information is available at

About International Space School Trust

International Space School Trust (ISSET) works in partnership with some of the world's leading space organisations to deliver unique learning opportunities for students of all ages. They utilise space and space exploration to inspire and motivate people of all ages to believe that they can become what they want to be. More information is available at

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